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Five Outstanding TED Videos on Success

Why do some succeed, while others fail? And if we can understand the reason why some people are successful does this mean that others can be taught the same approach?

Recently we were thinking about what success means for us at Task Pigeon so we took a look at some of the thought leaders in the space and pulled together five outstanding TED videos on success.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

According to Angela Lee Duckworth, from the University of Pennsylvania, Grit is the power of passion and perseverance. In this video she looks at how concepts such as self-control and grit to determine how they might predict academic and professional success.

Angela’s interest in this field came after leaving a high-flying job in consulting to work as a math teacher at a New York public school. Angela quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Grit was also important!

8 Secrets of Success


Richard St. John spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success. He ultimately distilled them down into 8 words, 3 minutes and one successful book.

In this video Richard shares the secrets of success while asking; Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky?

Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career


As a Professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love. In this funny and blunt talk, Larry pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

How To Succeed? Get More Sleep


Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post. She is also the author of thirteen books. In this talk Arianna looks at the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness.

The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

Bill Gross is the founder of Idealab, an incubator of new inventions, ideas and businesses. Having founded, and advised many startups over the years Bill became curious about why some succeeded and others failed.

As a result he collected data from hundreds of companies and ranked each company on five key factors to understand the single biggest reason why startups fail. He shares this insight and more in this TED video.